Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Museum — Geocache of the Week

Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Museum — Geocache of the Week

Virtual Cache
by cybercat
Texas, United States
N 29° 28.912 W 098° 28.195
Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Museum — Geocache of the Week
Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Museum — Geocache of the Week

When you gotta go (geocaching), you gotta go!

Located in the detached garage of 96-year old retired plumber Barney Smith, the Toilet Seat Art Museum is open to visitors and geocachers alike. This bizarre museum boasts over 1,300 decorated toilets seats and a beloved Virtual Cache with 564 Favorite points.

Known as the King of the Commode, Barney is also known to happily give too many hints and help geocachers log this Virtual. Once you find and sign the logbook, you’ll see the care that he gives each visitor, carefully cataloging each signature as if the moment is just as important as the museum itself.

Geocaching toilet seat #3
Geocaching toilet seat #3

There are 10 geocaching toilet seats that double as logbooks for the hundreds of loggers of this Virtual. Did we mention how many trackables end up here? It’s practically a TB Hotel, which is unusual for a Virtual. Besides geocaching, some of the other super-pooper themes are

  • Mickey Mouse
  • PEZ dispensers
  • Trains
  • Barbed wire (ouch)
  • Native American arrowheads
  • State license plates
  • Mardi Gras
  • Roller derby
  • Star Wars
  • Prescription medications
  • The Challenger disaster
Roller derby toilet seat
Roller derby toilet seat

The Toilet Seat Art Museum has been featured on Inside Edition, CBS News, Good Morning America, and countless local newscasts. In fact, even Clorox cleaning products have highlighted this wacky roadside attraction.

The United States license plate series
The United States license plate series

Turns out that Barney is retiring and all 1,318 toilet seats in his collection are up for sale. If you plan a visit, make sure to call ahead so he knows to expect you. His wonderful museum attracts around 2,600 visitors a year and his guestbook has entries from 81 countries.

Remember: Just like toilet paper, bathroom puns are tearable.

"Toilet Seat Artist Barney Smith"
“Toilet Seat Artist Barney Smith”

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Joined Geocaching HQ in the fall of 2014 as Community Manager. Kind to animals. Loved by children. Excels at DNFs.
  • JustaMominMT

    Why is there a log book to sign if it’s a virtual?

  • Maria Nunes
  • Leo Voet

    usualy the co accepts a picture of the real site as a valid log

  • JustaMominMT

    Exactly, LOL, that’s why I thought the article sounded weird when I read something about signing a logbook at a virtual geocache. I’ve never seen a log book at a virtual geocache that I’ve done, same as an Earthcache, you just have to log it with a photo of being there or answer questions, whatever. Just thought it was weird.

  • Jana Williams Fite

    There is no official log book. Barney created several seats for catchers to ‘sign.’ He later etches the signatures into each seat. He also has a logbook for the museum for visitors to sign.

  • JustaMominMT

    Ah, ok that makes more sense! Thanks Jana for the explanation.

  • Bigguy In Texas

    This is one of my all-time favorite geocaches! Barney Smith is a true artist and a gentleman.
    A “must see” for all! Better hurry!!!